Picking the right fixtures for your historic home

Louisville’s neighborhoods boast many historic homes — from the Thomas Edison House to at least two residences rumored to have inspired Daisy’s house from The Great Gatsby. While historic homes offer tremendous character and curb appeal, they also present their own unique challenges to homeowners.

One of those challenges is finding just the right plumbing fixtures when it’s time for updates or repairs in the kitchen or bath. Replacing these fixtures can be a tricky proposition. You want modern functionality and features, but you don’t want them to look out-of-place. Fortunately, what’s old is new again. Many new fixtures are designed to evoke an older style, and will fit in perfectly with no special adjustments. In some cases, you may even be able to find a replica of the home’s original fixture.

Another option is to go with simple, classic designs to create a “timeless” style. Not all historic homes strive for an absolute period-perfect look. If your overall bath and kitchen style is a mix of historic and modern touches, finding a replica or “retro” fixture may not be necessary.

Regardless of the look you are trying to achieve, the most important thing in replacing your plumbing fixtures is proper installation by a professional. Don’t risk your historic home’s flooring or cabinetry to a leak caused by faulty fixture installation. Call Dauenhauer for a fast, reliable quote. Like your home, we have a long history in this community. We will treat your project with the care and respect it deserves.